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Bleeding Edge TV 580: LG G5 Camera Review: Best Smartphone Camera?

In this LG G5 camera review, you'll find out why I think the LG G5 is the best smartphone camera available right now. This is a follow-up to the LG G5 Review that I published a few weeks ago, which if you haven't seen, you should check out.

The LG G5 features a dual-camera system, with one 16 megapixel camera with 75-degree field of view, along with an 8 megapixel wide angle  shooter with a 135-degree field of view. You get full access to both modules for photos and video, and I give you examples of what each can do so you can see for yourself.

All video and image content is taken directly off of the LG G5 smartphone with no filters or effects added.

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Video Transcript:

In case you haven’t seen it, you’ll probably want to start with my initial LG G5 review, which I’ll link in the description box below. That’ll give you a full rundown of everything the LG G5 can do. However, if you’re here because you want to find out more about the camera specifically, let’s jump into it.

One thing I wanna say before we get started - all of the images and video footage that you’ll see in this review are taken directly off of the LG G5 with no filters or effects. The only times where this doesn’t apply is when you see the LG G5 itself on camera, like you see here.

The LG G5 features a dual camera system on the rear, which features a 16MP camera with hybrid infrared autofocus, and an 8MP 135-degree wide angle camera as well. This dual sensor setup, coupled with LG’s camera software, results in a great picture taking experience.

Rather than focusing on gimmicks like 3D images like other dual lens systems in the past, LG gives you access to both sensors individually. You toggle between the two by tapping on the single tree and triple tree icons within the app to pick what you’d like.

Comparing the two cameras to each other, the 16MP version is your main shooter, offering laser autofocus which results in very fast, very accurate autofocus for whatever you point the camera at, coupled with an f/1.8 aperture which does a great job in low-light settings. I’ve done a lot of shooting in dim indoor conditions, and outdoors at nighttime, and I have yet to see another smartphone that can perform as well in the dark, and that’s including the iPhone 6S and Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

When shooting, the colors are accurate, the contrast is above average, and the dynamic range is on point. It does a good job at capturing detail in the shadows, while simultaneously not letting the highlights get out of control.

Now let’s talk about the 8 megapixel wide angle lens. At 135 degrees, it’s very wide, and as such you can expect a little distortion, but not as bad as a GoPro. It’s a side effect of being able to get a bunch more of what you are looking at into your shot. It works great for tight areas where you don’t have a lot of room, as well as sweeping landscapes. This camera has an f/2.4 aperture, so you are still getting a decent amount of light, but not as much as on the main 16MP camera.

The camera app supports three modes - you have Simple for basic shots, Auto which allows you to use some of the software effects like panorama and popout for using both cameras at once to take more stylized shots, and Manual, which gives you control over manual focus, shutter speed, IOS sensitivity, white balance, Raw or JPEG capture, and more.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the selfie camera on front. There you’ve got an 8MP camera that has a few tricks of its own. First, it does a good job a resolving detail, contrast and colors. The display can be used as a flash, which is a nice touch, and the selfie camera also has an Auto Shot mode, where it will automatically take your picture when your face stops moving without you needing to do anything else. Just smile, and the phone takes the picture for you.

As far as video goes, the LG G5 shoots at a maximum 4K at 30 frames per second, and 720p at 120fps for slow motion. When shooting in 4K, you get a 48Mbps bitrate, which means you get nice, smooth footage with little noise and lots of detail. Even better, everything as far as white balance, contrast, and dynamic range shine here just as well as they do on still photos with the G5. Oh, and the front camera can shoot in 4K as well.

When using the cameras, optical image stabilization with nicely and does a decent job of eliminating camera shake, but the digital stabilization ended up producing more consistent results to my eyes.

The overall quality on the camera system on the LG G5 is true flagship quality. It lives up to the name. So much so that I’d say that if the camera is of utmost importance to you and you’re looking for a new Android smartphone to pick up, then the LG G5 should be at the top of your list for phones to consider.

Now I wanna know what you guys think - hit the Like button if you enjoyed this video, and leave a comment below with your thoughts - let me know what your favorite smartphone camera to date is, and what you think about the camera on your current device. Do me a favor and hit that subscribe button if you’re new here to find out when we publish new videos, reviews, unboxings, and gadget giveaways. We launch new giveaways a couple times per month, and you can see what’s up for grabs right now in our Gadget Giveaways playlist.

Thanks for watching as always guys, until next time, I’m Andru Edwards, and I’ll catch you in the next video.

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